Media and Democracy
By James Curran
Routledge – 2011 – 260 pages
Series: Communication and Society
Media and Democracy addresses key topics and themes in relation to democratic theory, media and technology, comparative media studies, media and history, and the evolution of media research. For example:
Professor Curran’s response to these questions provides both a clear introduction to media research, written for university undergraduates studying in different countries, and an innovative analysis written by one of the field’s leading scholars.
‘… Curran’s Media and Democracy is a must-read book for students and scholars alike, delivering sharp analysis in a lively and accessible way’ Stephen Cushion, Journalism 13(2), 2012: 260
'…Curran's book is excellent and will no doubt appear as a central text in media studies courses around the world.' Greg Philo, British Politics
Introduction Part I Comparing Media 1. Shining City on Hill 2. Questioning a New Orthodoxy 3. Media System, Public Knowledge and Democracy Part II Media and Democratic Theory 4. Entertaining Democracy 5. Liberal Dreams and the Internet Part III Media and New Technology 6. Technology Foretold 7. Future of Journalism Part IV Media and History 8. Narratives of Media History Revisited 9. Press as an Agency of Social Control 10. Advertising as a Bounty System Part V Media and Culture 11. Media as Custodians of Cultural Tradition 12. Media and Cultural Theory in the Age of Market Liberalism
James Curran is Director of the Goldsmiths Leverhume Media Research Centre, and Professor of Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has authored and edited numerous books including Power Without Responsibility (7th edition with Jean Seaton, 2010), Media and Society (5th edition, 2010), and Media and Power (2002).
James Curran is the 2011 winner of the ICA's C. Edwin Baker Award for the Advancement of Scholarship on Media, Markets and Democracy.